A Message from FSA Management: FSA Handbooks Status Report

As Val and I have traveled around to employee association meetings and county offices we consistently hear about the need for the FSA handbooks to be up to date. We agree and consequently have directed our team in DC to get all handbooks current. Attached is a spreadsheet with most of the FSA handbooks and the expected time when they will be brought current.

Until all the updates are finished  we will be providing this report monthly.  Please distribute this report within your organizations.  If there are any questions, the contacts are:

  • Farm Programs:  Jane Ray
  • Finance and Budget:  Bob McGrath and Michelle Furchak
  • Management:  John Blanchard

We appreciate your patience and look forward to our continued collaboration to make FSA the best place to work!

FSA Leadership Pledge

I pledge to act as a role model who treats you with honesty  and respect, to create an environment that promotes diversity, empowers you, and fosters fair and equitable treatment. I will solicit your ideas and views, and recognize your important contributions. I will listen. I will have regular and open communication with you, and aim to give you the  resources you need.

Chris Beyerhelm,
Associate Administrator for Operations and Management

Click the link below to view the most current version of the status report referenced above:
FSA Handbooks Monthly Status Report_May 2016

Programs Submission Response: Direct Deposit Notifications

ISSUE:
Annual Notification to producers with a waiver is required during a very busy and hectic time of year.

FACTS:
Per. par. 23A of 63-FI annual notification to producers receiving a check must be done during July 1-July 15. In many states this is the busiest time of year due to crop reporting.

SOLUTION:
I suggest moving the notification window to another time of year. Sending it the beginning of August or September would allow time to receive and process updates prior to the October payment cycle.

NATIONAL CHAIR RESPONSE:
FSA put out Notice FI-3250. This notice is waiving the requirement to send these letters until further notice. It also indicates that they are searching for alternate ways to notify the producers so that county offices won’t have that workload. Obviously if we don’t have to conduct this activity at all then we won’t be asked to do it during peak times in the future. I will monitor this for 2016 and if necessary work with WDC to reissue the notice or update the handbook.